We drove the Lockhart Basin trail after Hurrah Pass during our weekend in Moab. They had forecasted temperatures in the triple digits, so when we started Lockhart Basin it was getting pretty hot outside! We prepared ourselves to be on this trail for a long time, as the trail is over 37 miles long.
The beginning of Lockhart Basin is a lot more difficult than the end. Going up into the wash and getting out of the canyon was very fun. In some places it would get a little tippy with big rocks just to add more excitement.
At the top of the climb out of the canyon, there was a cliff wall above us that we drove along for some time. That cliff was the only area that had any type of shade, so we stopped and had lunch in the middle of the road on Lockhart Basin trail. We did not see anyone on the trail, but if some would have come down the trail, we would have had to move for them.
After lunch, we came upon a few people on bikes way out in the middle of Lockhart Basin. There were three people on bikes but they were separate from each other.
As we were approaching the end of the harder part of Lockhart Basin, we stopped and looked for an aircraft crash site we'd read about. Only Matt and Corrigan braved the heat to walk around looking, and after a short time they found parts of the aircraft that had crashed here. Corrigan had worked hard on finding these airplane pieces strewn about the crash site!
Shortly after the aircraft crash area, the Lockhart Basin trail smoothed out a lot and we were able to make a lot faster progress.
After a hill climb, we came to a creek crossing that was all dried out this year. After the creek crossing, Lockhart Basin turned into an easy drive dirt road all the way to the end.
At the end near a campground, we stopped to air back up for the long drive back to Moab on paved roads.
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